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News | Ghana Commodity Exchange

AGRA & IITA HANDS OVER AFLATOXIN TESTING EQUIPMENT TO THE GHANA COMMODITY EXCHANGE

Date : 27th Jun, 2022


AGRA & IITA HANDS OVER AFLATOXIN TESTING EQUIPMENT TO THE GHANA COMMODITY EXCHANGE image


IITA with grant support from AGRA donates and trains staff of the Ghana Commodity Exchange (GCX) on how to use Rapid Aflatoxin Testing Equipment

6th May, 2022; AGRA Conference Room; Accra-Ghana.

A brief official ceremony was held at the Conference Room of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to hand over rapid aflatoxin test equipment to the Ghana Commodity Exchange (GCX) to improve Aflatoxin Management and Control (AMC) in Ghana. The equipment consisted of three Aflatoxin test scanners (Raptor), 15 boxes of Reveal Q+ for aflatoxin test kits, and 425 raptor vortex cartridges, all valued at USD 10, 845.50. In addition, under this project, 5 GCX staff have been trained on the use of these equipment for aflatoxin testing. This was part of a project grant support from AGRA to IITA to provide Technical Assistance Program on Aflatoxin Management and Control (AMC-TAP) to the Directorate of Agricultural Extension Services of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (DAES-MoFA) and the GCX. The project aims to catalyze and sustain an inclusive agricultural transformation by improving food safety and security through institutionalized systems for aflatoxin management and control. Other deliverables of the project include the training of 500 Agricultural Extension Agents (AEAs) as trainers and 25 GCX warehouse staff on AMC.

The partnership between IITA and the GCX dates back to 2019 when the two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on issues relating to AMC including advocacy, awareness creation, training, and advisory support on aflatoxin test equipment.

 

Presenting the items, the Regional Head of AGRA, Mr. Lionel Kadja stressed that AGRA is pleased to work with partner institutions like IITA to solving food security issues in Africa. He noted that food-borne diseases and aflatoxin contamination in particular adversely impacts food security, health and trade sectors of many economies of which Ghana is no exception. He commended the GCX for helping to improve market linkages in Ghana and advised GCX to put the equipment to good use to help curb the adverse effects of aflatoxins in Ghana.

The Program Officer, Dr. Dorothy Effa lauded IITA’s efforts in ensuring timely delivery of the test equipment and explained how it aligns to achieving the goal of the project when used effectively. She further advised the GCX to ensure proper use and maintenance of the equipment so as to benefit smallholder farmers and market actors in the various commodity value chains.

IITA’s Technical Consultant, Dr. Daniel Agbetiameh took turns to explain the function of the test equipment and the benefit it will offer to the GCX in their operations in contributing to AMC. This will further increase availability of aflatoxin testing services to other grain aggregators therefore support adherence to set standards especially on aflatoxin. The equipment is also useful to test for the presence of other mycotoxins, provided that the corresponding kits are purchased.

The Chief Operations Officer of the GCX, Mr. Robert Dowuona Owoo on behalf of the Board, Management and Staff of the GCX, expressed gratitude to AGRA and IITA for the equipment and training support among others. He reiterated that the interaction between AGRA and IITA teams with the GCX team during the presentation highlighted their keen interest in the GCX role in addressing market inefficiencies, post-harvest losses, storage issues and agricultural financing in Ghana.

 AGRA’s Regional Head (Mr. Lionel Kadja, 3rd from right) presenting aflatoxin test equipment to GCX’s Chief Operations Officer  (Mr. Robert Dowuona Owoo, 4th from right).

Also in the picture from left to right: AGRA’s Program Officer, Dr. Dorothy Effa; AGRA’s Country Head, Ms Juliette Lampoh-Agroh; IITA’s Country Representative, Dr. Richard Asare, and IITA’s Technical Consultant, Dr. Daniel Agbetiameh. Photo credit: Mr. Gabriel Aryeetey (GCX).

 

 

 

  

  AGRA’s Program Officer, Dr. Dorothy Effa addressing the GCX.   Photo credit: Mr. Emmanuel Asante (IITA). Dr. Daniel Agbetiameh (IITA) demonstrating the use of the equipment to officials. Photo credit: Mr. Emmanuel Asante (IITA).